Nov 15 2007

Ideas for long-traveling dishes

We’re driving 7-8 hours for our Thanksgiving meal. We’ll leave either Wednesday night or Thursday early.

I’m probably going to bring cookies, because I think that’s the only thing that would survive the car ride without a cooler or heater (I just don’t want to mess with that).

What ideas do you have for foods that don’t need to be chilled or heated, and can survive a long car ride?

Here’s my ideas:

-Cookies
-Special breads such as banana, zucchini, pumpkin
-Apple, cherry pie
-Brownies
-Cakes

Have any to add to the list?



7 Responses to “Ideas for long-traveling dishes”

  1. I am afraid you have nailed it with your options. I would do any of the things on your list. They should be able to travel well and the safely eaten afterwards.
    Mercedes

  2. * some kind of fancy corn chips and a vegetable-based dip (gourmet salsa in a jar, artichoke bruschetta, anything that is sitting on a grocer’s shelf at room temperature)

    * cheese straws (a Southern savory that travels well in tins like cookies)

    * a nut mix in a pretty bowl

    (We have a large family, and while the women are busy getting the buffet ready, everyone else is milling around hungry. I’ve learned to take an “eat now” platter along with my casserole.)

  3. How about a pecan pie? They don’t need any refrigeration.

  4. LOL
    Yah we are driving 1 hour across town to my family’s for Thanksgiving… pray that the green bean cass, the yams, and the cherry pis stay in there PLACES!
    LOL
    Should be ok.. hubbys a great driver!

  5. You could make your own sweetened pecans (or other nuts) to use as a sweet treat or in salad.

    You could bring a bag of cranberries that you can boil to make cranberry sauce once you get there.

    Most fruit should travel well in the car.

  6. Last year I (accidentally) came up with the best traveling dish. I froze my cornbread dressing and forgot to thaw it before we left for our 5 hour drive. By the time we got to MILs it was almost completely thawed and all I had to do was pop it in her (biggish) toaster oven. I intentionally brought something that would fit in the toaster because I knew the oven would be full.
    I plan on doing the same thing this year, just on purpose.

  7. Fudge or other homemade candies would also work. If you’re traveling 7 to 8 hours, don’t take anything that you need to fix once you get there; you will not feel like doing so! Mamalady does have a good idea about freezing something in advance and then putting it in the trunk of the car where it should pretty much thaw out and be ready to eat at room temperature or heated when you get there. Enjoy your holiday – that’s a long trip and will be even worse if you’re driving back on Sunday. When we used to travel about 3.5 to 4 hours for Thanksgiving, we left early (6 a.m.) on Thursday and anywhere between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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